San Antonio military base closed for nearly two hours after ‘two gunmen fired outside gate near gate before fleeing’
- Reports of gunfire near a San Antonio airbase forced a nearly two-hour lockdown on Wednesday
- The Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland tweeted that the active shooting incident was “completely clear” around 2 p.m. local time and there were no injuries.
- Officials said the shots were reportedly fired near the Valley Hi gate on the west side of the main base – east of I-410 and near a shopping center
An air force base in San Antonio was closed for nearly two hours on Wednesday after military officials said two gunmen opened fire from outside before fleeing.
Two shots were heard coming from outside Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland around noon.
Officials said the shots were fired near the Valley Hi gate on the west side of the main base, just east of Interstate 410 and near a shopping center.
The base immediately implemented lockdown protocols.
A base spokesman said: “Two suspected gunmen from outside the base fired at JBSA-Lackland. Interns were nearby and the gunmen fled on foot.
“JBSA responders are working with the San Antonio Police Department to clear the area and search for the gunmen.”
A military police officer closes a gate at the JBSA-Lackland Air Force Base gate on June 9, 2021 in San Antonio after reports of gunfire
JBSA-Lackland Air Force Base was closed for nearly two hours after reports of gunfire, but was eventually cleared to reopen
Base officials sent out an alarming tweet saying, “Active Shooter Warning to all JBSA-Lackland personnel. All base personnel immediately implement the LOCKDOWN procedures and take cover. Real world LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN.’
The next three tweets showed a gradual lifting of the lockdown until the last one was tweeted ‘all clear’ around 2pm local time. No injuries were reported.
Lieutenant Colonel Brian Loveless, commander of the 802nd Security Forces Squadron, had previously said it was unclear if anyone saw a gunman or if more than one gunman was involved.
“We are now trying to examine a number of traces to confirm that the installation was actually shot.”
Located on the southeast side of San Antonio, Lackland is where the Air Force conducts all its basic training and is one of three Air Force bases—along with Fort Sam Houston and Randolph Air Force base—that make up Joint Base San Antonio.
“There are many facilities on this installation that are very important to the Air Force. I’d rather overreact (to a gunfire report) than underreact,” Loveless said.
The San Antonio Police Department said they were assisting with the investigation. In a statement, police spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez said officers were looking for where the gunfire could have started.
A military police officer stands guard at the JBSA-Lackland Air Force Base match on June 9 after the base was shut down